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. also in the program, the u.s. congress bars to build chinese telecom companies from takeovers or mergers. it's as there are security threats. a warning on afghanistan's future. in the report forecasts collapse and even civil war after foreign forces have left. it's midday in london, 7:00 in the evening in beijing, 7:30 in the morning in caracas. hugo chavez has extended his 14- year grip on power in venezuela. the vote was his narrowest victory, but it gives him another six-year term to continue venezuela's socialist revolution. his victory may irritate his detractors in washington and elsewhere. the votes pit the president against the young candidate henrique capriles, who vowed to open the country to private investment. now this report from caracas. >> this had been billed as a tight race. but the results came quickly in the end after the final polling stations had closed and gave hugo chavez a 10-point lead. >> to those who promote hate and social poison and those always drawn to deny all the good things that happen in venezuela, i invite them to dialogue, debate, and to wo
>> welcome back to "newsline" in tokyo. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, have sparred on stage for the second time. they battled over economics in a televised debate three weeks before election day. the debate took place a a university in new york. more than 80 undecided voters asked the questions. obama took a more aggressive approach than the first bank. >> governor romney has a one point plan. make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. that's what has been squeezing middle class families. we have fought back for four years to get out of that mess. >> romney accused obama of failing to live up to his promises. he claimed the president's policies have doubled the fiscal deficit. >> i was someone who ran businesses for 25 years and balanced a budget. i ran the state of massachusetts as a gompbor to the extent any governor does and balanced the budget all four years. we have four consecutive years where he said he would cut the deficit in half. instead he has doubled it. >> romney put in another controlled performance an
with another from canada, creating a potentially devastating hybrid that could ravage parts of the u.s. northeast early next week. president obama took a break from campaigning thursday to cast an early ballot in his hometown of chicago. speaking at the polling center, obama encouraged americans to take advantage of early voting. >> for all of you who have not yet voted early, i just want everybody to see what an incredibly efficient process this was, thanks to the outstanding folks who are at this particular polling place. obviously, folks in illinois and take advantage of this. but all across the country, we are seeing a lot of early voting. it means you do not have to figure out whether you need to taint time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids, and still cast your ballot if something happens on election day, you'll have already taken care of it. and as bad weather, w you will weather,et. or in chicago, snowy. this was really convenient. >> campaigning in ohio, mitt romney predicted to supporters his election would mean an increase in workers' take-home pay. >> the presiden
and u.s. technology giants have been fighting each other in the courts over technology for smartphones and other mobile devices. now the people at samsung say they've added apple's iphone 5 to a patent infringement lawsuit. samsung alleges apple's latest smartphone violates eight of its patents. the claim targets technologies for displaying data and storing photos. lawyers for samsung say they will exclude patents on the high-speed wireless communications protocol known as lte. samsung has an edge in this technology. samsung has received a green light from a u.s. district court in california in another case. the company can resume sales of its tablet device, the galaxy tab ten.1 in the u.s. market. the court decided in june to temporarily ban sales. it lifted the injunction after a separate lawsuit in august found this particular tablet did not infringe on apple patents. >>> president mahmoud ahmadinejad has blamed when he calls the enemies of iran for the fall of its currency. u.s. and european leaders imposed sanctions? july to encourage iranian leaders to abandon their nuclear ambit
dollars to fighting hunger in the u.s. as we work together, we can stamp out color. -- we can stamp out hunger. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: phyllis bennis is the new director for the international ism project. she joined us tonight from new york. it is good to have you back on this program. >> great to be with you, tavis. poopsie but in and ryan went -- tavis: biden and ryan went after it tonight. it was interesting for a lot of people to watch. but we get back to it really matters, the two guys at the top of the ticket, president obama and governor romney. given that governor romney came back out with his own policy speech, that policy will get on to the agenda in the next two debates in the last debate is exclusively about foreign policy. we know we are headed in that direction but the speech that mr. ravi gave earlier this week, he essentially suggested that president obama had been weak on foreign policy. he went on to deconstructs that and explain it in a variety of ways. but your thoughts on mr. romney's approach to put fore
on the u.s. presidential debates. then to leaders of the chilean student movement, which is the largest protests since the days of augusto pinochet a generation ago. >> we saw several riots, the biggest one of the mall last year published of them all last year, over a million people in the streets. within six months of student strikes. many students in high school lost their academic year. >> i think our biggest challenge is we don't only need the democratization education, but the democratization of the entire country. >> all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president obama and republican challenger mitt romney are heading to long island today for their second presidential debate. tonight's debate is at hofstra university, just three weeks before the general election including both foreign and domesticy issues in a town hall setting the kids undecided voters in the audience the opportunity to question the candidates. the final debate will be next monday in florida and will focus on foreign policy issues.
official refused to comment on the allegations. the u.s. defense secretary says he has no clear insight into kim jung-un after watching the leader. he is unsure if kim will carry on his father's approach or soften his stance toward other nations. panetta met with the south korean defense minister at the pentagon. they said north korea's nuclear program and ballistic missile development pose a threat to east asia. they say the u.s. and south korea will continue working together to keep the north in check. >> we have a strong military relationship between the united states and south korea, that we work closely with other countries in the region. to make very clear that -- our interest is in peace. not in any kind of provocative behavior. >> south korean and u.s. officials agreed this month to extend the range of ballistic missiles to 800 kilometers more than dublt current limit and would allow the missiles to reach any point in north korea. >>> japan coast guard officers are warning chinese government ships to leave japanese waters around island in the east china sea. japan nationalized t
violence, what are you concerned about? >> first, the u.s. death toll an event -- afghanistan tops 2000. we talk about america's longest- running war. all that and more coming up. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. iran's currency has hit an all- time low amidst a worsening financial crisis brought upon by u.s.-led sanctions. on monday, the iranian rial dropped 15% to its lowest point against the dollar, capping a three-month contest that has seen its overall value drop 57%. the price of basic foods are on the rise since a new round of sanctions took place in july. a former u.s. ambassador to the un and under secretary of state thomas pickering criticized the act. it is not legal for them to pay for it. speaking to the council of foreign relations in new york, alioth parcel la hay says it has not backed away from its mountain of nuclear weapons. >> any country, including iran, uses meweapons of mass destruction, that is the end of the eligibility, legality, what ever you name it, of that government. weapons of mass destruction, as we said, i
. we're on the road in los alamos, new mexico, part of our 100-city tour. the u.s. military has deployed a secret task force to jordan to help respond to the ongoing violence in syria. "the new york times" reports a contingent of more than 150 planners and other specialists is tasked with helping jordanian forces handle incoming syrian refugees, prepare for syria's potential loss of control over its chemical weapons, and respond should the turmoil in syria spread more widely throughout the middle east. the mission also reportedly has discussed contingency plans to insulate jordan from the conflict, with talks of a u.s.- backed buffer zone along the syria-toward a murdeborder. the u.s. military presence in jordan comes just as the jordanian monarchy is facing its largest protests since the start of the arab spring. thousands of jordanians marched in the capital demanding economic opportunities and democratic reforms. turkey forced a syrian passenger airplane to land in and confiscated its cargo is tensions between the two countries continue to rise. the airplane was traveling fro
. then the killing of valeria "munique" tachiquin. why did u.s. border patrol agents killed a u.s. citizen, mother of five here in the nine states several miles north of the mexican border. >> state-sponsored terrorism and what is happening at the u.s.- mexican border. we are not allowed to leave our committees without going to checkpoints. i am a u.s. national and a mexican national, and i get stopped every single time i get out of my house, by the border patrol. >> all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're on the road at stanford university in palo alto, california. at least one civilian was killed in pakistan on wednesday when u.s. drone struck the tribal area of north missouri stand. to others for also reportedly wounded and possibly killed. the obama administration has secretly developed a new long- term mechanism for monitoring, capturing, and killing suspected terrorists well into the future. according to the washington post, the administration is maintaining what it calls a disposition matrix that would help
mode instructions. obama some times had trouble getting a word in. many u.s. media analysts say romney had a belttter performan. the candidates have two more debates they have five weeks to win over undecided voters. turkish forces have fired artillery shells across the border into syria. they're retaliating for syrian mortars that landed in southern turkey. it killed five people including a woman and her three children. the mortar landed in the turkish town of akcakale. they have warned of prompt action if their security was threatened again. turkey has provided support for the opposition free syrian army and the turkish military has been building up tanks. turkey has provided support for the opposition for syrian army and turkish military commanders have been building up their forces and deploying tanks along the border. >>> u.s. secretary of hillary clinton has condemned syria for its part in the exchange of fire. >> we are outraged that the syrians have been shooting across the border. >> clinton says u.s. government officials are consulting with their allies in turkey over what sh
its missiles can now reach the u.s. mainland. >> next time it's for real. the -- they vow to go faster and further than before. it's midday in london. angela merkel has just arrived for her first visit in five years in greece. the greece she will see this time around will see people mired in -- some of the anger is toward angela merkel. so why is she there? here's our correspondent. >> she arrived for her first visit to greece in over five years. touching down in the euro zone's most indebted nation. she stayed away before critical of the slow performance but now a show of support. large parts of athens were cordened off. a sign of the rage against a leader many see as driving the painful spending cuts. protests before her arrival had banners and slogans against angela merkel. germany has insisted on those cutbacks before austerity relief was given. >> we want to form a strong partnership with especially germany. >> it was the greek prinal minister's visit that laid down citizenshiplations. for the prime minister, seeking to rebuild greece's credibility, it's of huge importance. from o
's look at some other stories making headlines around the world. the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has said that she accepts responsibility for security failures at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the building was attacked and a full you are american citizens, one of them the u.s. ambassador, was killed. she said she was focused on cracking -- tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. the captain of a cruise ship which sank off the coast of tuscany has arrived for the second day of the hearing. these accused of multiple manslaughter charges after 32 people died on the costa concordia when it ran aground. in cambodia, people have been mourning the death of the former king who died in beijing on monday. officials expect thousands to line the streets when his coffin is taken from the airport to the royal palace. we have seen droughts in the u.s., rainfall being poor in rarussia and a dry monsoon in other areas. this affects what we eat. it's a world food day today and we are looking at how different countries are coping with rising food prices. first, argentina.
, the u.s. district court ruled the state had failed to provide a convincing argument and must extend early weekend voting to all, not just members of the military. democrats have accused republicans of seeking to block early voting in a bid to disenfranchise those likely to cast their ballots for president obama. asking the supreme court to intervene, the ohio secretary of state called the ruling in an unprecedented intrusion. the supreme court has rejected a challenge to a 2008 law granting immunity to telecom companies that aided the bush administration's warrantless domestic spy program. groups including the electronic frontier foundation and the american civil liberties union had brought the case, consolidating 33 different lawsuits against the company's after a lower court ruled that the firms are protected by congressionally mandated retroactive immunity. in appeals court upheld the case's dismissal last year. on tuesday, the supreme court declined to hear it without comment. the ruling could mark the end of legal attempts to hold the telecom firms accountable for the spying. i
brace for hurricane sandy, possibly the largest room to ever hit the u.s. mainland. will speak with, scientist greg jones, meteorologist jeff masters and writer and activist bill mckibben on the connection between global warming and hurricanes. >> the basic physical property here is the warm air holes or water vapor than cold. you can get stronger storms. the atmosphere is about 4% 12 than it was four years ago. that is an enormous change. it loads the dice for drought and they lose and downpour and flood. that is what we're seeing all over the planet. >> we will go to haiti where hurricane sandy killed at least 50 people, devastating parts of the country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. and we will look at the storm's impact on the nuclear industry. at least 16 nuclear plants are in the path of this unprecedented storm. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from medford, oregon. much of the east coast is shut down today as residents brace for hurricane sandy, a massive sto
in launching a satellite carrying rocket. trying to test ballistic missile technology. pak accused the u.s. of forcing the council of the launch. and he accused south korean president of causing interkorean relations to hit rock bottom. some people from japan are an emotional and spiritual journey in north korea. paying their respects to relatives they lost at the end of world war ii. fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, who died and were buried far from home. nhk world reports from pyongyang. >> reporter: parents or siblings of the group's members died of illness or hunger while interned by the soviet military. it occupied what is now north korea right after the war. the group arrived in pyongyang on saturday. they visited a site where the dead were first buried, then a hill where the gd more than 20 japanese journalists to cover the visit. some japanese are praying for the family members and relatives at their grave site. this is the first visit of its kind since world war ii. japan's health ministry says some 35,000 japanese died in the area. but it says the remains of about 20,00
passing day. spanish leaders are facing even more complications. a u.s. credit ratings agency has downgraded the country's sovereign bonds putting them on the outskirts of junk territory. standard & poors cut spain's rating by two notches. it's gone from triple b plus to triple b minus. that's only one notch above speculative status. s & p analysts blame the downgrade on further economic contraction. they also point out a fear that worsening unemployment and austerity measures may heighten social discontent as well as friction between the central and regional governments. the s & p says prospects for the bonds were negative, suggesting further downgrades could follow. spanish leaders asked the e.u. in june for financial support to boost the capital of domestic commercial banks which are weighed down by bad loans. they may have to request more bailout funds because the country's regions are asking the central government for financial assistance. >>> the planned measure between the europe's major aerospace and defense companies has collapsed in political deadlock. officials of franc
-year-old entered the u.s. in january. the fbi found out the man was targeting new york's financial district. federal agents involved in the sting gave him 450 kilograms of fake explosives. investigators watched as the man parked a vehicle loaded with a marked bomb near the bank. he tried to detonate it using the mobile phone. federal prosecutors have charged the man with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. >>> the european union's health and consumer policy commissioner has resigned over its scandal. the scandal broke out just after the european union was awarded the nobel peace prize last week. the anti-fraud office said john dalai knew of, but tolerated an attempt between a businessman to use his connection with the prime minister. he has been engaged in drafting new legislation on regulating smokeless tobacco. he denies any wrongdoing, but resigned from the post after the ant anti-fraud office reported to the european commission on tuesday. the european union explained that the scandal will have no impact on its policy making process. its reportedly the first time in
people to unite. the economic penalties by the eu and the u.s. have caused the value of the currency, the riyal, to plummet. thousands of people took to the streets of tehran two weeks ago in protest. a spokesperson from iran's petroleum ministry said earlier this month a natural gas embargo would have no effect as the country doesn't export it to the eu. iran has the second largest natural gas reserves in the world. officials say they plan to expand exports to turkey and other neighboring countries. but these latest sanctions could affect those plans. >>> eu foreign ministers agreed to tighten sanctions against syria, too. they've been trying to pressure president bashar al assad to stop a crackdown on his own people. the ministers shared their concerns about the spread of the conflict into turkey and other neighboring countries. they agreed to impose sanctions on more individuals and companies. >> we've added 28 people to the list of those subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze. two additional entities were targeted with an asset freeze. >> 54 entities and 181 people are now s
and general jim jones. >> i quite agree that my judgment is that much of the world wants u.s. leadership, they don't feel comfortable without it, but they no longer react to any dictatorial or any due toarls from us. they want to participate but they also want to be listened to. >> i am not even sure where the word leader hip is a good word to describe the role america should play in the world. we should be playing the stabilizing role. we should be organizing our coalitions, we should be a source of stability, but when we talk about leadership, too many people think of the iraq and 2003, which was a fatally bad exercise of leadership. >> rose: we conclude this evening with dexter filkins of the new yorker magazine who has a remarkable story about death in iraq and reunion in the united states. >> the i interviewed a guy in the peace, a psychiatrist who used the term moral injury and he said a lot of soldiers and marines stuff from moral injury, which he described as sort of it happens when you get an order, you do something that you believe at the time was absolutely correct and the onl
assassinations of u.s. citizens. we must say no to indefinite detention without any semblance of due process and to the continued drone killings that have made our nation so much less secure. >> you are not going to get that much difference with mitt romney than you have got with barack obama. and barack obama came into office on a great breeze. very little experience. as my brother-in-law said, how is that no experience change working out for you now? >> we will spend the rest of the show rearing parts of last night's presidential debate, pausing the videotape to give third party candidates a chance to respond to the same questions put to the major party candidates. @ll of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president obama and republican challenger mitt romney faced off in the second of three presidential debates tuesday night at hofstra university with a series of sharp exchanges over domestic and foreign-policy issues. the debate's town hall format saw audience members asking pre approved questions selected by mo
>>> the u.s. defense department is drawing up new issues. the move follows at rest of two u.s. navy sailors in southern japan. suspected of raping a woman. a pentagon statement expressed deep regret for the grief and trauma the assault victim may have endured. the statement says the department will soon announce measures to demonstrate good relations with the communities that host its forces. >>> european leaders have seen banks crumble one after another. they have seen a single supervisor ein countries that t the euro. the leader of the european union agreed to phase in a banking union next year. to achieve that they want to complete a legislative framework by the end of this year. a supervisor would oversee commercial bank as cros across o zone. >> the main priority was progress on the banking union. we also saw to clarify new concepts and to test the degree of support for various ideas in view of reaching conclusions in december. the leaders hope an integrated system will break a cycling of poor bank management and national budget problems. they also got an update on effort by greek lead
. but we are seeing, economies of europe and the u.s. starting to really stagnate. we are seeing a slowdown in china. and india. wondering how much can asia continue to support growth? >> as we see,isha^ kra asia re leader. we expect asia to grow 5.5% this year, rising to 6 poe% this yea above global growth. i would say, you will see demand pick up in asia and keep growing -- growth active and robust. >> speaking of domestic demand, how much will that be able to really shield asian countries, do you think from the global slowdown we are seeing. what do policy makers need to do to ensure that domestic demand continues? >> this is a very important issue. they're dealing with this, two ways to handle this. there is ram oom to build new stimulus on the fiscal side. for many countries, inflation is back in the comfort zone. and for national conditions a. accomodated. looking ahead -- asia is looking to rebalance. and raise domestic demand in different ways. between china and other countries in asia. >> so far there really hasn't been a whole lot of focus on fiscal consolidationof asian countrie
comes out fighting in the second debate of the u.s. presidential campaign. he was playing catchup afternoon mitt romney's performance in the first. >> i had a question, how much did you -- >> do you want me to -- >> you will get your chance in a moment. i'm still speaking. >> mr. president. i'm still speaking. >> i'm sorry. >> hello and welcome to gmt. i'm george al guya. the new round sparked in america. two servicemen accused of remain. >> and cambodians pay their respect to a man who died on monday. >> it's midday here in london. 6:00 p.m. in -- and early morning in new york where the spin doctors have been hard at work after the second debate in the second debate of the presidential campaign. barack obama came out fighting, because he had to. the debate comes at a crucial time. he has seen support drop in a swing state. >> if barack obama was listless in the first debate as many commentatorsal suggested that behind the traditional handshake with his challenger this time, was a president clearly more determined. that that was no mariano rivera evident than when mitt romney accu
. a thousand page report from the u.s. anti-doping agency on how the seven times tour de france winner got away with it. >> it paints an undeniable web of, unfortunately, the deepest and the most sophisticated professionalized drug program we've ever seen a team run. >> hello, with the world of news and opinion. also in the program, the airport drama that escalates tensions between turkey and syria. and from moscow and damascus flight that had illegal cargo. the young pakistani girl shot by the taliban because she campaigned for education. still critical and now moved to another hospital. it's midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington where the sporting icon lance armstrong's reputation has suffered yet another blow at the american anti-doping agency labeled him a serial cheat. they have accused him of being at the heart of the most sophisticated doping program ever seen in the sport. it says armstrong used illegal blood and drug transfusions and led his teammates to do the same. >> the american anti-doping agency says it is beyond doubt. lance armstrong won the tour de france seven times
of sanctions that are devastating its economy. u.s. officials have dismissed the plans as untenable. the protests have erupted this week in iran amidst a worsening financial crisis this all the collapse of its currency. yemeni officials say u.s. drone strike has killed five people in the southern province. the attack hit two vehicles that were said to be carrying militants with links to al qaeda. the pakistani political leader imran khan has vowed to move forward with a peace march in debt highlighting the impact of u.s. drone strikes in pakistan's troubled areas. activists from britain and the in the state's, including codepink leader medea benjamin, are joining the march from islamabad to south waziristan despite concerns over security in remote areas. president to candidates in venezuela held closing rallies thursday ahead of sunday's election. president hugo chÁvez is facing challenger henrique capriles and what to be the toughest challenge of his 14-year rule. chÁvez, who is recovering from recent cancer surgeries, addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters. >> you all kno
canada to u.s. refiners on the gulf coast. we will speak with susan scott who owns land where the pipeline will run, and with actress daryl hannah, who was arrested there last week and has long been active in protests against the pipeline. >> we cannot afford to poison our soil and fresh water. we need that money and those jobs that were going to go toward this pipeline to go toward real solutions, american, u.s.-made community-based energy like solar, like wind, like geothermal. >> then we will speak with reporter mike elk about his new exposÉ, "koch sends pro-romney mailing to 45,000 employees while stifling workplace political speech." >> the boss is constantly talking about politics in the workplace. all of the sudden, your co- workers are wearing republican buttons. does that mean you to wear one, too? if your co-workers are volunteering with your boss on the weekend for gop candidates, does that mean if you want to get a raise you have to do that as well? >> mother jones looks at how the romney and obama campaigns are digitally mining personal data in order to get out t
's almost been a concerted effort between the european central bank, the u.s. fed, as well as the bank of japan. have they done enough or would you like to see more? >> they have done a whole lot. surely much more than one might have expected at the beginning of the crisis. they have gotten -- the rates directly controlled more or less to zero. they have intervened some markets. they have taken an aggressive stance. there are more things to do, yes. the margin, qe 3 in the u.s. is probably useful. the scheme in the uk called funding for lending. these are useful schemes. they don't quite do the same as policy in normal times. but they work. and anything we have we should use. >> reporter: okay. what about europe? we did get news today that european stability mechanism was launched. do you think it can be fully mobilized in a timely manner to really help mitigate what's going on in europe right now? >> i think the very good news is the europeans have understood they can't do it bit by bit. they have to have an architecture which makes sen for the eurozone. large controls have been defin
of a massive bailout, it u.s. taxpayers paid $12 billion to save u.s. auto parts corporation. 3 billion years and their partners to in a profit of over $4 billion. one big winner, a profit of over 4000% for the silent partner, ann and mitt romney. of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're on the road in minneapolis. the alleged mastermind of the september 11 attacks khalid sheikh mohammed told a courtroom on@nesday the united states has killed more people in the name of national security than he is accused of killing on 9/11. he drat addressed the court during a hearing at of his troffer coordinated attacks. speaking through a translator, khalid sheikh mohammed said that while about 3000 people were killed on 9/11, the u.n. is states has killed thousands or even millions. he said -- a u.s. drone attack on a farmhouse in southern yemen has nine people suspected -- has california -- killed nine people suspected of the militants. residents said they found remains of nine bodies, including a senior al qaeda militant. a
they intend to maintain a presence in the area. the u.s. navy deployed two nuclear powered air craft carriers in the western pacific. they're navigating within reach of the senkaku island. the uss george washington based in tokyo and the uss john c.steniss are operating together. several warships, vessels equipped with the aegis air defense system are running along side them. a spokesperson says it provide a comb combat ready force that protects the interest of the u.s. and allies. >>> south korean defense ministry lodge aid protest with the japanese government in a dispute. this one in the sea of japan. japan claims that the islands, south korea controls them. ministry officials say a japanese helicopter entered a restricted area around the island. south korea's kbs television reported the incident. defense ministry officials say the helicopter took off from a japanese self-defense ship about 50 kilometers east of the island. they say, it entered a buffer zone just outside south korean airspace. fighter pilots issued warnings then the helicopter left. air craft must receive permission to ent
coast of u.s. to restore order is overwhelming. the mayor of new york said that sandy could prove to be the worst storm ever seen on that side of the u.s.. at least 40 people have been killed. president obama's battle with sandy is still very much alive. in just the last hour or so, there has been some indication of a return of normality. there will be extra flights as well to assist stranded passengers. >> a second night in the dark for the city that never sleeps, the manhattan skyline just a shadow of itself. water is still everywhere in the subways and tunnels. above ground, the trains are not running either. >> this is a devastating storm. perhaps the worst we have ever experienced. our first responders have been heroic in saving lives. they are still conducting life- saving search and rescue missions and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. >> all day, people surveyed the damage, the worst of it in the boroughs like staten island. >> when they tell you to stay inside, stay inside. >> sandy is pushing in land, blizzards are paralyzing parts of west virginia and tennessee
about the u.s. foreign policy. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and as a consequence, al qaeda's core leadership has been decimated. in addition, we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. >> what's been happening over the last couple of years is as we've watched this tumult in the middle east, rising tide of chaos occur, you see al qaeda, rushing in, you see other jihadist groups rushing in. they're throughout many nations in the middle east. they argued over policy in libya, syria and iran and romney criticized obama's foreign policy as a failure and said the u.s. should take a leading roll. a cnn poll taken after the debate, suggests 48% of respondents believed obama won, 40% said romney did. the united nations peacekeeping chief says the u.n. is making plans to send peacekeepers to syria. the blue helmets would only move in if the government and opposition force as greed s agr cease-fire. he said first u.n. leaders are fo
>>> voter in chief. >> i can't tell you who i voted for. >> the u.s. president casts his ballot 12 days before most americans go to the polls. barack obama has served as an example in his campaign's effort to get out the vote. the president stopped at a polling station in his home in chicago. campaign strategists for barack obama and mitt romney say early voting could be' decisive factor in the election. obama became the first president to vote early. he urged his supporters to exercise their rights before election day november 6th. obama made the same pitch in the 2008 election. votes cast early accounted for 30% of the total. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work and figure out how to pick up the kids. >> experts say the share of early votes this time could reach 35%. the figure could exceed 60% in swing states such as colorado and florida. obama visited six battleground states during a swing to win over undecided voter. he slept on air force one to save time. the president spoke
>>> hitting the battle ground. u.s. president barack obama visits swing states and tries to win over voters who can make a difference. the u.s. president and the man who wants that job are back on the campaign trail after their last debate. barack obama and mitt romney are traveling through several states that could determine the election two weeks from now. they're both trying to do the same thing, win over undecided voters. president obama spoke to supporters in florida one of the key battleground states. he said romney had changed his stance on several issues monday during the debate on foreign policy. obama used the term he coined for such flip-flops, romnesia there is no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. the person who leads this country, you've got to have some confidence that he or she means what he or she says. >> romney spoke at a rally in henderson, nevada and said obama is resorting to attacks in the absence of new ideas of his own. >> we can handle two more weeks of the attacks that are coming from barack obama but we cannot handle four more y
him as a stabilizing figure. the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton promised american help into the car bomb investigation. such support may by the government times for now, but it's not likely to survive with violence in the streets. >> let's take a look at some other stories making headlines. the cuban revolutionary leader fidel castro has appeared to refute rumors that he's on his deathbed. photographs of the former leader appear in state media holding a copy of friday's newspaper. he said he was releasing a photograph to show how dishonest the rumors were. he says that he feels fit. the british high commissioner in india, the british government suspended ties with a person allegedly complicitous in riots which killed thousands of people. in south africa, the inquiry into the shooting a 34-by police has resumed. the violence took place at a strike at the plant in the mind in august at the marikana mine. it was adjourned to allow family members and victims to attend the funeral. the lance armstrong doping scandal, the governing body of the cycling world is announcing whet
on shocking conditions of solitary confinement inside the u.s.. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're on the road in san rafael, broadcasting from the community media center. both the u.s. and iran are denying claims of having reached an agreement in principle for direct one-on-one nuclear talks. the new york times reported saturday a deal had been struck between u.s. diplomats and top iranian officials reporting to ayatollah ali khamenei. iran is said to have asked the talks be delayed until after the upcoming november elections so they could know with whom they'd be sitting down. but in a statement, the white house said -- speaking to journalists, the iranian foreign minister also denied the report. like don't have anything these discussions or negotiations with america. yes, we had negotiations [indiscernible] 5 nations. if it is about nuclear talks, the talks are going on. except for that, we have no discussions with the united states >> the news comes as iran grapples with a plunging cur
including support for the israeli government, the withdrawal of u.s. forces from afghanistan, and opposition u.s. military involvement in syria. but they clashed over a few key points including military spending, iran and libya. the one exchange, obama chided romney for seeking to increase military spending by an additional $2 trillion. >> governor romney has not spent enough time looking at how our military works. he mentioned the navy and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. governor, with your horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. we have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. we have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. and so the question is not taken the battleship where we're counting ships, it is, what are our capabilities -- the >> despite caution nonmilitary spending, the two candidates struggled at times to differentiate themselves on key foreign policy areas. asked about u.s. drone warfare abroad, romney said he fully backs the obama administration's efforts. >> let me ask you, governor, because we know pre
reportedly been killed in a u.s. military attack in afghanistan. afghan president karzai disclosed the attack on tuesday, saying the victims died after it ended caught in the middle of a firefight between u.s. forces and taliban militants while tending to livestock in the eastern province. in syria, international mediator lakhdar brahimi is claiming the syrian government has agreed to a brief ceasefire during the muslim holiday. brahimi also says the majority of rebel groups have also pledged to abide by the truce. the syrian government has yet to confirm whether it will take part, saying a final decision will come on thursday. israel has launched air strikes in the gaza strip for the second consecutive day. a palestinian militant was killed today, one day after three palestinians died in another israeli attack. palestinian fighters have launched rockets across the gaza border into israel, seriously wounding two immigrant farmworkers from thailand. the thousands of people surrounded the spanish parliament in madrid on tuesday in the latest round of protests against austerity cuts targeting pu
has killed at least eight people in the u.s. and sickened more than 100. officials say as many as 13,000 people in 23 states have received injections that may put them at risk. half the confirmed deaths have been in tennessee. a hospital announced the death of another patient late monday, potentially bringing the national debt toll to nine. the outbreak has brought attention to an apparent gap in the regulation of compounding pharmacies that produce medications from drug ingredients. the tennessee health commissioner warned commissioners to avoid recalled drugs from the new england compounding center. >> we don't really know at this point in time where this materials are. but there is no evidence at this time that any of those materials are contaminated. they're being recalled for precaution. that having been said, anyone in possession of materials that say new england, having center on the label should not use them. >> nigerian soldiers angered by the debt -- deaths have shot and killed 30. the journalists of the word no signs the dead were militants. soldiers set fire to dozens of
which perhaps turns the u.s. presidential election campaign > -- ? the first televised debate has been widely judged a triumph for mitt romney, who had been lagging in opinion polls. he has often been called stiff and awkward in public, judy big -- yet he appeared more relaxed than the president. from washington now, this report. >> we welcome president obama and governor romney. >> up close and personal for the first time in the campaign, the president and head in the polls and his challenger under pressure to change the dynamics. it was mitt romney who went on the attack from the start. >> my party is putting people back to work in america. they are suffering in this country. we talk about evidence. look at the evidence of the last four years. it is extraordinary. we have 23 million people out of work under the president's policies and middle-income americans have been crushed. >> the president counterpunched on tax and spending, insisting romney would serve only the wealthiest americans. >> budgets reflect choices. we will have to make decisions. if we are asking for no revenue, the
$2 billion to fighting hunger in the u.s. as we work together, we can stamp hunger out. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: ari berman is a political correspondent for "the nation" and author of the book "herding donkeys." last year he wrote a piece called "the gop war on voting." much of what he wrote has come to fruition. he joins us from new york. good to have you on this program. >> i am a longtime admirer. thanks for having me. tavis: honored to have you on. let me talk about this piece you wrote for "rolling stone." i don't want people to think we are demonizing or casting aspersions on the gop, but i want you to lay out the facts. is it the case that most of this push, these strict voter i.d. laws, this is being pushed almost exclusively by republicans, yes or no? >> there are issues where democrats and republicans are at fault, where they are both to blame. this is not one of these issues. this is an issue that since the 2010 elections, laws that restrict the right to vote have been passed overwhelmingly by republ
to deal with extremism in their midst. >> thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> in the u.s. there's an ongoing debate over the limits of free speech highlighted by two recent events. a federal judge in new orleans temporarily blocked a city ordinance that outlaws preaches on bourbon street after dark. it the law bars people from disseminated social religious or political messages on the street between sunset and sunrise. the american civil liberties union filed suit on behalf of a preacher after members of her ministry were arrested. in new york city a prominent egyptian american blogger was arrested after painting over a controversial subway ad that equates jihad with savagery. the hotly debated ad now in several subway stations urges people to defeat jihad and support israel against, quote, the savage. several muslim and interfaith groups have protested the ads. the sponsors insist they are protected by the first amendment. in other news there was more scholary debate this week over the so-called gospel of jesus's wife. an ancient scrap of papyrus a harvard professor says might
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